Jeff Ganus absolutely dominated the 100-lap Main Event Racing Series feature at Dixie Motor Speedway in Michigan on Friday night. At one point he led by half a lap over second-place. But with just seven laps to go, smoke started to pour out of the headers on Ganus' No. 5 machine.
The smoke increased with each lap, although the distance from Ganus to Harold Fair Jr. in second stayed the same at about five car-lengths.
But Ganus' car was able to hang on. He beat Fair to the checkered flag by about 10 car lengths.
"My spotter was telling me we were smoking a little bit," said Ganus. "I think it was just a valve cover. We'll get her back to the shop and get it figured out."
The 1.559-second margin of victory sounds large on its own, but that doesn't tell the whole story. At one point Ganus led by over half a lap, and he managed to put all but the second-place car of Fair a lap down.
It was the type of dominating performance that's rarely seen. The 33-year-old driver from Constantine, Michigan made it look easy, although he said afterwards that it was anything but.
"It's never easy, especially with some of these guys that we were out here racing against," Ganus told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane. "They're no slouches. It's never easy. We just had a really good car tonight."
Ganus started in the sixth position and quickly worked his way into the top three. He made his way by Alex Rosenberry on lap 21 to second in one corner. In the next corner he blew by Nick Grodi to secure the lead.
From there it was all Ganus out front with his lead quickly increasing. Within three laps he led by half a straightaway at the fast 4/10-mile Michigan oval. Within seven laps of taking the lead he stretched out to a full straightaway advantage over Grodi.
Harold Fair Jr. set fast time in qualifying, but started tenth due to the invert. He appeared to be the only one that may have had anything for Ganus, but he started too far back to be able to follow Ganus to the front. By the time Fair got to second-place, Ganus already led by close to half a lap.
Ganus set a blistering pace and managed to lap every car except for Fair's with 12 laps to go.
Then the caution flag finally waved. A two car, 12 lap shootout laid ahead.
But Fair had nothing for Ganus. It took just half a lap on the restart for Ganus to jump back out to a five car-length lead over Fair.
Ganus beat Fair to the checkered flag to score the win. Tod Rosebrugh, Mike Mazzagatti, and Alex Rosenberry completed the top five. Only Ganus and Fair finished on the lead lap.
Now Ganus heads to back west across the state of Michigan towards Kalamazoo for the Kalamazoo Klash, where he's still seeking his first win in the prestigious race. The Klash can be seen live on 51 TV on Speed51.com on Wednesday, August 12. The Kalamazoo Klash pay-per-view can be purchased for $19.99 by click here: http://speed51.com/51livetv-events/
Highlights from Friday night's Main Event Racing Series 100-lap feature can be seen on the 51 Network on Speed51.com in the coming days. Subscribe to the network here: http://speed51.com/racing-videos/
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor - Twitter: @RobBlount
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Main Event Racing Series 100
Dixie Motor Speedway, Birch Run, Michigan
|2||71||Harold Fair Jr.|